So here’s something slightly different, a strategy game, to mix things up. Honestly, I’ve lost count of what entry we’re on now – 10, maybe? 11? I don’t know. But what I do know is that 2019 has already been so packed with good games that I could easily keep this whole thing going until we’re bringing in the New Year. I won’t, probably, but I could, maybe.
Tropico, everyone’s favourite dictator-simulator, launched on iPad last year, but only recently became available for iPhone. Like most strategy games, it’s all about long-term planning and weighing up the dozens of options given to you at any one time. Want to be a fairly progressive dictator and support gay marriage? Well that’s really going to wind up the religious faction, and might even result in you being overthrown.
Every minute decision can have devastating ramifications on your rule. Your people are prone to rebellion, so, at the very least, you need to keep employment rates high and make sure you’re developing decent housing. Of course, you could just send anyone with any dissenting opinion of you to jail, but then their loved ones might come for you in the night. So, be thorough, and send the whole family away instead.
But now you’ve got a reputation for being an especially bad dictator, meaning less tourism, economy-killing tariffs, and a good telling-off from the other world leaders. Things can spiral out of your control very quickly, and you’ll need to be prepared for the worst.
On top of it being a great game, the mobile port is also really darn good. New systems have been put in place to allow for easier management of tasks, the tutorials do an excellent job of explaining everything in a way that is concise, and the touchscreen controls are fast and fluid. It’s the perfect entry point for newcomers, though there’s also enough complexity here to appease long-time strategy fans.